The Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Committee Sponsor “Kingston Rail Trail History Walk” as part of the Hudson Valley Ramble.

The Kingston Land Trust (KLT) is sponsoring a guided walk on the northern end Walkill Valley Rail Trail this Saturday, September 22 at 9 a.m. The walk will be led by members of the KLT Rail Trail Committee, and by railroad historian Steve Ladin. Mr. Ladin will talk about the history of this railroad line and how Kingston’s fortunes were tied to this transportation corridor in the past. Members of the KLT will also speak about their plans to create a rail trail hub in Kingston where the county’s railroad lines formerly intersected.

The trailhead is on Rockwell Terrace, near the intersection of Route 32. (Look for cars parked along the road). This trail has been a mainstay of recreation between Rosendale and Gardiner since 1993. The length of the trail was nearly doubled in 2009 when Open Space Institute purchased this railroad right-of-way beginning at the Rosendale trestle and heading north to Kingston. The trestle is currently being repaired to connect these two sections of the trail. There is also a swath of the trail that crosses through the former William’s Lake property that is currently restricted, but the property owners are working with the Walkill Valley Land Trust to create a passable trail through that area. The trail runs south through Rosendale, New Paltz, and ends in Gardiner. In the near future this will amount to a 23-mile linear park, beginning in Kingston, for bicycling, running and walking.

Participants are urged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. The trail is flat and mostly cleared with some muddy patches. This will be a gentle three mile walk appropriate to all ages. For more information visit this LINK on the Kingston Land Trust “Kingston Rail Trail History” Walk on the Hudson Valley Ramble website or, kingstonlandtrust@gmail.com

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